Letter from Dewey E. Dodds to E. Bruce Heilman

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Letter from Dewey E. Dodds to E. Bruce Heilman


This September 30, 1980, letter is from Dewey E. Dodds, Director of the Office for Civil Rights Region III (OCR) of the Department of Education, and is addressed to University of Richmond President Dr. Bruce E. Heilman. The letter informs Heilman of the "results of our most recent compliance review of your graduate and professional schools." Dodds refers to a "March 25, 1980 meeting attended by University staff and legal representatives" and OCR staff members, as well as a March 31, 1980 letter, in which the University agreed to: improve enrollment of minority students through corrected recruitment and admissions programs, "use financial aid as an inducement in its recruitment program," "include a statement of non-discrimination on its application forms and in all new university publications," "take additional measures to assure minority students full access to the placement services," "make all necessary structural changes to assure accessibility for handicapped students by June 2, 1980," and to develop "a centralized system to facilitate accommodation efforts for handicapped students by June 1, 1980." An OCR staff member spoke with University of Richmond Vice President for Student Affairs William H. Leftwich on September 5 and 25. Leftwich promised to submit proof of fulfilling these agreements by October 15, 1980. Dodds informs Heilman of an on-site visit to the University on October 30. Dodds directs Heilman to contact the Director of the OCR Postsecondary Education Division, Robert Harvey, for any assistance.



Letter from Dewey E. Dodds to E. Bruce Heilman, 30 September 1980, RG 6.2.5 Box 25 Folder 5 “U.S. Government - HEW - Civil Rights "Compliance Review" (April 1979), University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.










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Dodds, Dewey E., “Letter from Dewey E. Dodds to E. Bruce Heilman,” University of Richmond Race & Racism Project, accessed July 24, 2024, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2223.